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explore our CAMPUS

What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

we have deep roots in this place

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Quaker Education

At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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speak the truth

We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

stay connected

"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

keep it simple

In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

promote peace

We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Alumni Weekend 2020

Schedule of Events

This schedule is subject to change as Alumni Weekend approaches. Please check back for updates!

Friday, May 15, 2020

10:15–11:30 a.m.

GFS Assembly
Location: TBA

6–8 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Location: TBA
Additional details to follow.

7:30–10 p.m.

Poley Festival 
Location: Yarnall and Poley Auditoriums

All Day

Stotesbury Regatta
All are welcome; no registration required.
Location: Banks of the Schuylkill River, on Kelly Drive

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Alumni are welcome to check in at the registration tent, located in front of the Main Building, at any time. Beverages and snacks will be available throughout the day at The Open Door Cafe in the front hall of the Main Building.

10 a.m.

Campus and Arboretum Tours
Location: Depart from the front steps of the Main Building.
Visit old haunts, share memories, and talk with current students about the GFS of today. Milestone Reunion Tour (10th, 25th, 50th Reunions) with Dana Weeks, Head of School. Alumni Tours will be guided by current students.

10 a.m.

Alumni Athletics Games
Location: GFS Playing Fields (2823 Midvale Avenue)
Rain Location: Smith Gym
Rain or shine! Meet ready to play at Fields.

11:15 a.m.

Location: Meetinghouse
All Alumni and friends are encouraged to attend. Join us for Meeting for Worship; welcome remarks by Dana Weeks, Head of School; presentation of the West Alumni Award; and a few surprises.

12:30-2 p.m.

Alumni Picnic Lunch  
Location: The Common
Enjoy a festive lunch with your classmates. Class photos will be taken and children’s activities will be available during lunch.

2-4 p.m.

Campus Activities
Locations: TBA
More details to come!

7:30-10 p.m.

Poley Festival 
Location: Yarnall and Poley Auditoriums

All Day

Stotesbury Regatta
All are welcome; no registration required.
Location: Banks of the Schuylkill River, on Kelly Drive


Individual Class Reunion Parties
For more information, contact your class reunion committee or the GFS Alumni Office.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

10:30 a.m.

Meeting for Worship
Location: Meetinghouse
Join Germantown Monthly Meeting members and attendees for Meeting for Worship, followed by refreshments and fellowship. 

4 p.m.

Spring Choral Concert
Location: Meetinghouse
A performance featuring the Middle and Upper School choral ensembles. All are welcome.

Please save the date!

May 15-17, 2020

All Alumni Are Invited

Milestone Events for the Classes of:
1940, 1945, 1950,
1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980,
1985, 199, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2015

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